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History AS & A level at Brentside High School

Course description

At AS level you study two units. One is The Making of a Superpower USA: Part One from Civil War to World War, 1865-1920.  This will look at how the USA developed politically, socially, economically and ideologically. The other is The Making of Modern Britain: Part One Building a New Britain, 1951-1979.  A depth study which focuses on key ideas, events and developments in Britain at this time.


At A level you will build on their previous work. You continue with The Making of a Superpower USA: Part Two Crisis and the Rise to World Power, 1920-1975 and also The Making of Modern Britain: Part Two Modern Britain, 1979-2007. Students also undertake the historical investigation, The Tudor Century 1485-1603. 

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE history and grade B in GCSE English language


AS level is assessed by two examination papers. 


A level is assessed by two examination papers and a historical investigation. 


Examination Board: AQA 

Future opportunities

An A level in history will enable you to follow a range of courses at university. History is recognised by universities and employers as a subject requiring discipline and hard work. The course develops advanced skills in information acquisition and selection, forming sound judgements and formulating a plan of action. Many teachers, lawyers, civil servants, managers and people in positions of leadership have studied history at advanced level. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brentside High School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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  • Start date: Next September